The idler arms on the van are making it hard to steer.
Pretty stiff. These are "permanently lubricated" so they say.
Can I drill and tap for 4 grease fittings and expect that to work?
New ones would cost about $200.00 for the parts alone from a
supplier on the web but I havent
gotten a price from Weaver yet or any other parts house.
I can still steer the van ok and its not dangerous but I want to
catch this before I put too much load on the steering box.
Thanks. Paul in Wi.
Usually they get loose. You should be able to find them for $50-60 each. If
you van has a lot of miles it probably also needs a new drag link.
Stock steering box will last a long time, after about 60K miles they start
to get loose
Thanks for the info Lynn. I figured as much that theyd get loose. The
about 300k miles on it so I guess its time to replace them. In fact theyre
right now and thetre going in on Monday. I had to do this quickley as I need
truck for work. The steering box I adjusted last year and it fine. Very
Bud C has helped me with this van several times when the warped manifold was
driving me nuts. It had a very slight leak. I replaced it and the old slant
6 has been
Thanks to all on this great board. Where else can you go for the
quality of advice
you get here. Paul in Wi.
Hi Bud. The van is a zoomin. So far..............
I wondered how ya was doing. Glad to hear the Leaning Tower of Power is
doing well for you.
Are you sure your problem is in the idler arms? If you got the adjustment
wrong on the steering box it'll feel just like too tight idler arms. IIRC,
that's a Saginaw (GM) box. Drop the link loose from the pitman arm and try
moving the steering ( wheels off the ground of course) by hand If it moves
pretty easily then the problem is in the steering unit.
You may want to do some checking as there may be a variable ratio unit
available you can interchange you old unit for like you can do on the
pickups. I did that on my D-150 and it made a big improvement, especially
when parallel parking.
Also check your frame rail around the gearbox for cracking as it cause the
van to wander a heck of a lot and / or cause binding.
"Paul K" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Hi Budd. Were doing just great and the old beast is still plying the corn
roads. But the steering was getting a little stiff as of last fall. I do all
the work on the van
but Im not set up for the bigger items. Ive never done front end work so I
took it to
a local guy. We disconnected the box from the steering gear and found that
the idler arms
are what is causing the problem. The box is fine.
Ill check the frame at the box for cracking. Good tip. Ill keep as eye on
So I never did drive the van out to Arizona. I was going to stop by and
buy us a
pizza but things got too busy for me. I also dont think I trust that the van
as dependable anymore. Its still a great work truck but if I get 2 or 4 more
of it, Ill consider myself ahead of the game. I still owe you that Pizza.
Ok, good. I had a friend that adjusted his steering box and got it a bit
tight. Three front end shops said he needed a complete rebuild but said the
box was fine.
The trucks were notorious for this problem, but the vans put the battery
right above the steering components and spilled acid can get onto everything
so it's still a good thing to check.
Colorado. It took 16 quarts of oil thru the /6 and a bunch of ridicule
because it was super ugly, to get there, but it made it and I drove that
engine for another 20 years. The Dart, on the other hand had suffered too
much at the hands of Indiana road salt and an upper control arm rusted in
Them old Mopars will amaze ya at times.
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Id love to drive that old bucket out there and on down to Ut, Ar, and and
and back here. Nose to the grindstone here. Everything is going into a piece
right now. Busy busy bloody nuckles. Hope to buy a place in the sticks next
16 quarts of oil? Thats about 75 miles per quart isnt it? Maybe
forgot about putting in the pan gasket.
Hopefully the salt will leave it alone for a few more years. I spray on
2 coats of
boiled linseed oil every two years. Seems to help. That plus a half gallon
and no bondo. Brush on the flat black on the lower 12 inches and the tank is
back on the road.
I think Ill be checking back into this newsgroup. Paul in Wi.
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